Office and Staff

Office Location
The CRA office is located in the heart of Immokalee at
750 South 5th Street, Immokalee, FL 34142 (Southwest Florida Works building).

The Immokalee CRA Advisory Board meets the third Wednesday of each month at 8:30 A.M. Meetings are held at the Southwest Florida Works building 750 South 5th Street, Immokalee, Florida, 34142.

You can reach CRA staff, Monday-Friday from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM, at the contact numbers listed below.

Our new phone number is  239-867-0025

James Sainvilus call 239-867-0026

Christie Betancourt 239-867-0028




James Sainvilus
MSTU Project Manager

James Sainvilus is a 1997 graduate of Immokalee High School and a former science teacher at Immokalee Middle School. He bring to his new responsibilities sevn years as project manager for the Collier County Public Utilities Planning and Project Management Department.

Sainvilus took over his new responsibilities with the Immokalee Municipal Services Taxing Unit (MSTU) earlier this week.

A graduate of Alabama A&M University, BS in Electrical Engineering and Minor in Mathematics. Sainvilus said he’s happy to be in a position to make improvements to the community he loves. Born in Haiti, Sainvilus came to the U.S. with his family when he was 16 years old.

The MSTU, formerly independent, was included in the portfolio of the Immokalee Community Redevelopment Agency in 2012, although it will continue to have its own board of directors chaired by long-time Immokalee community activist and supporter, Cherryle Thomas.

In addition to street lighting and median landscaping, the MSTU also works on projects such as the recent Main Street curbing project and an on-going anti-litter campaign, in which Immokalee High School students also participate.  James welcomes you to email him at











Christie A. Betancourt
Interim Operations Manager

Christie Betancourt accepted the position of Interim Operations for the Immokalee Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) in November 2015.  She has worked for the CRA as the Administrative Assistant since 2008 transferring from Collier County Parks and Recreation, Immokalee Branch, where she was a Program Leader for eight years.

Since coming on board with the Immokalee CRA Ms. Betancourt has contributed significantly to the development of the established CRA.  In addition to her regular office duties at the CRA, Ms. Betancourt assists local Immokalee community members with logistical issues pertaining to grant programs and other governmental communication efforts.
Ms. Betancourt is an Immokalee, Florida native and is a third generation Floridian. She is married and is the mother of four children. In her spare time Ms. Betancourt volunteers for the Immokalee Pop Warner and Little League Programs and enjoys spending time with her family.
Ms. Betancourt is a 1997 graduate of Immokalee High School and she has a an A.A. degree from Edison Community College. She is currently attending Florida Southwestern College where she is working on her BA Degree in business management.

Ms. Betancourt invites you to contact her at any time with questions or for information about the Immokalee Community Redevelopment Agency at



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